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Susan Shriner

2006 Federal Service Award | National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

Susan Shriner | Federal Service Award
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Washington, DC

Susan Shriner is a leading Federal Victim Witness Coordinator. In the past 5 years since the enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, she has applied her experience in the federal victim service field to ensure that the highly vulnerable victims of human trafficking are identified and treated with the compassion they deserve. 

Shriner has established or created effective programs that promote professional standards and training and enhanced services for the betterment of the victims and the programs that support them. She has worked on behalf of victims of crime for almost 25 years. Shriner has special expertise in working with victims of child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and rape. 

She took on the challenge of developing an effective victim assistance program at what was then the largest law enforcement agency in the Federal Government: the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). With seed funding from OVC, Shriner established a full-time victim assistance program at INS and then the newly formed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and has coordinated and supervised the services of more than 300 victim personnel who work with victims of some of the most horrible abuses—genocide, child pornography, human rights violations, and human trafficking—in implementing the principles of the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance and federal victim laws. 

She has been instrumental in training hundreds of INS and ICE personnel to treat illegal aliens as potential human trafficking victims, providing them with benefits and services instead of having them deported. Shriner maintains a "can-do" attitude, as she has overcome what may sometimes appear to be insurmountable challenges on behalf of crime victims. 

Shriner was nominated by Bradley J. Schlozman, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.